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Friday 10/21/2016
Garden of Eatin’ art show aimed at promoting more displays in Ahwatukee
Posted: October 21, 2016

There are two things the leadership at Emmanuel Lutheran Church thinks Ahwatukee needs: gardens and art.

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Monday 10/03/2016
Tongue scrapers: Helpful or unnecessary?
Posted: October 03, 2016

You likely already brush your tongue while brushing your teeth, so it may seem a tongue scraper is an unnecessary redundancy. But do they help in ways that brushing alone cannot?

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Friday 09/30/2016
New Valley Fever guidelines recommended
Posted: September 30, 2016

Doctors are recommending new detection and treatment guidelines for Valley Fever, a deadly and debilitating infection that mimics the flu.

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Thursday 09/29/2016
Tricks for treaters: Oral health and Halloween
Posted: September 29, 2016

Halloween is just around the corner, and for kids that means free candy. And, free candy means an increased need to ensure you’re taking the proper steps to maintain adequate oral health. Candy is not only loaded with sugar, but is very acidic, and can have adverse impacts on the teeth if proper precautions are not considered. Here’s a few tricks for treaters from BellaVista Dental Care’s Rashmi Bhatnagar that will allow you to enjoy Halloween while keeping oral health in mind.

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Sunday 09/25/2016
Your wallet shouldn’t be your only consideration in choosing health insurance
Posted: September 25, 2016

As open enrollment for 2017 draws near, many of us are weighing our health care options for the year ahead. It’s not a simple process for anyone.

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Monday 09/12/2016
Cooking up fun and learning with young children: Ideas from an expert
Posted: September 12, 2016

Cooking with your child can be a special parent-child time, messy perhaps, but fun.  

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Tuesday 06/28/2016
Dangerous waters: Adults drown at twice the rate of children in Arizona
Updated: June 28, 2016 - 5:06 pm

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Saturday 11/21/2015
Questions to ask at parent-teacher conferences
Posted: November 21, 2015

Your oldest child has entered kindergarten. You are very proud that he has taken his first step towards school. You think he is adjusting well at school. You have signed up for the allowed time for your first parent-teacher conference. You are awaiting to hear how your child is doing. But are you aware that you are an active participant in this conference? Do you have a list of questions to ask his teacher?

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Wednesday 06/10/2015
Healthy Kids: Summer activity for kids
Updated: July 16, 2015 - 12:16 pm

During the summer vacation “children gain up to three times as much weight as during the entire school year.” This finding is contained in a report from Active Living Research (www.activelivingresearch.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of childhood obesity and the promotion of active communities. 

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Tuesday 03/17/2015
Art, music, physical education: All are important in our schools
Posted: March 17, 2015

Over the last few months, much has been written about funding for Arizona education. The 17 percent decrease in funding in recent years and diversion of funds designated for education have prompted a variety of comments.

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Thursday 02/05/2015
Recent survey shows decrease in youth sports activity
Posted: February 05, 2015

A recent survey by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) indicates that participation in the most popular youth team sports has decreased significantly in recent years. Among boys and girls (6-17) there has been an overall drop in sports participation of 4 percent in the five-year period studied. For team sports the drop was greater. Basketball dropped 8.3 percent, baseball 7.2 percent, soccer 7.1 percent, and, tackle football 5.4 percent. A variety of reasons are offered for the drop including increased use of video games and risk of injury (e.g., concussion in football). The fact that youth are dropping out of sport is likely associated with the finding that, over the five years of the study, there was a dramatic increase in the number of youth who were totally inactive. Inactivity increased among children (6-12) by almost 25 percent and among teens (13-17) by 13 percent.

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Wednesday 01/14/2015
The enormous benefits of competitive sports
Updated: August 07, 2015 - 12:17 pm

According to a 2013 article from ESPN The Magazine, approximately 21.5 million kids between the ages of 6 and 17 will participate in a team sport each year. As a former youth football and baseball coach and current father of two girls between the ages of 2 and 7, this number couldn’t be high enough. The enormous benefits of competitive sports are too long to list, but suffice it to say that every child walks away from this experience armed with a set of skills that will serve them well, both in future sports and more importantly, in life.

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Tuesday 08/26/2014
Dietary supplements: Kids can be informed consumers
Updated: February 03, 2015 - 10:54 am

At schools such as Mountain Pointe in Ahwatukee, students take a fitness education class designed to help them become physically literate and meet Arizona Department of Education standards for physical education. One of the standards requires students to “demonstrate understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to learning and performance of physical activities.” Two specific performance outcomes describe student expectations. Specifically students must be able to: (1) “Explain the difference between facts and myths related to physical activity,” and (2) “Identify and describe products that enhance or prohibit levels of physical activity.”

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Wednesday 06/11/2014
Kids need an active summer
Updated: July 16, 2015 - 12:16 pm

Now that school is out for the summer it is time to consider ways to encourage kids to be active. We know that school activities such as recess, physical education, classroom exercise breaks, and before- and after-school physical activities all contribute significantly to meeting national guidelines for physical activity (60 minutes per day recommended). Research also indicates that many kids are sedentary during the summer months, getting less moderate to vigorous activity than during the school year. So when school is out it is important for kids to find other opportunities for exercise.

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Thursday 05/15/2014
There is work to be done if our Ahwatukee youth are to be active and fit
Updated: October 08, 2014 - 10:23 am

In 2008 the United States Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) appointed a committee of national experts to revise existing physical activity guidelines to include recommended amounts of physical activity for people of all ages (www.health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines). The guidelines for children recommended:

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Thursday 03/20/2014
Don’t sacrifice your child’s physical, health literacy
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Literacy refers to being educated or cultured. If pressed to define literacy, most people would cite the three Rs (Reading, wRiting, and aRitmatic). But modern definitions include literacy in other important areas including: computer/technology, science, humanities (including art and music), health, and physical literacy. We all want our children to be competent in the 3 Rs, and science. Most now recognize the need for computer/technology literacy. Other areas of literacy are often deemed less important. For example, the Scottsdale schools are currently considering cutting music, art, and physical education programs to save money. When finances are tight, these areas of literacy are often neglected. All to frequently these subjects are pitted against each other, ignoring the fact that the “whole child” comes to school, and that literacy in all three areas is critical to overall learning and child well-being.

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Wednesday 10/09/2013
Whole school approach to wellness in Ahwatukee
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Wellness is a term that has gained in popularity in recent years. Wellness is used as a name for a variety of products and programs, and as a result the term is sometimes misused. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Digest defines wellness as “a multidimensional state of being describing the existence of positive health in an individual as exemplified by quality of life and a sense of well-being.” Adopting healthy lifestyles, including being regularly active and eating well, are “processes” that lead to the “products” of health and wellness.

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Monday 08/19/2013
August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month
Updated: November 14, 2013 - 4:25 pm

Headlines involving celebrities are often frivolous, but the recent 911 call made from Usher’s home was no laughing matter. His 5-year-old son, Usher Raymond V., had become trapped in a pool drain. He was rescued, given CPR, and is expected to recover.

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Tuesday 07/30/2013
Get psyched for sports
Updated: November 03, 2013 - 4:26 pm

Sports psychology is the scientific understanding of the mental side of human excellence. Sports psychology services are highly praised and utilized across all sports, because of the equal importance of the mental and physical aspects of the athletes.

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Wednesday 05/08/2013
Parents can help their children by implementing ‘Get Active! Let’s Move!'
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 4:00 pm

In the United States the average kid (age 8-18) spends 7.5 hours a day in front of a screen or on the phone. To counter sedentary living patterns, national physical activity guidelines for youth have been developed. The guidelines call for at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day for children and teens. The guidelines are based on the amount of physical activity necessary to promote good fitness, health, and wellness. Only 29 percent of high school students meet the 60-minute daily guideline and 14 percent don’t do any physical activity that causes them to breathe hard or that increases heart rate on any day during the week.

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